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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,819 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Harris Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire’s richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. The world’s largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum, and Pompeii.

But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared. Springs are failing for the ?rst time in generations. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta’s sixty-mile main line, somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

Attilius, decent, practical, and incorruptible, promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. His plan is to travel to Pompeii and put together an expedition, then head out to the place where he believes the fault lies. But Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent town, and Attilius soon discovers that there are powerful forces at work, both natural and man-made, threatening to destroy him.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marcy | 2/19/2014

    " I listened to this in the car (so does that count??) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not sure how I would have felt had I read the pages instead, but it was a very entertaining listen. Although some of the voices were annoying, the characters were colorful, and the story brought out the images of ancient Pompeii in vivid detail. I loved hearing about what I have imagined of those fascinating times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Piero | 2/18/2014

    " Simply great... it was like living the last days of Pompei "here and now"! ;) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Georgia Smith | 2/16/2014

    " A weak story with dull characters and a forgettable ending. None of the motivations for anyone involved in the story felt real - they felt like explanations the author conjured up to make the plot move in a specific way. There didn't seem to be any PASSION involved in any of the characters, and I felt nothing for any of them. It was an easy enough read, which is why I got through it in a day, but left me feeling nothing throughout. Some of it was interesting, but I knew most of the facts already and it didn't really show much about the old way of living. It was a plain, boring book filled with nothing except meaningless words. I'm not recommending this to anyone. It left me feeling so 'eh' that if you wanted to read it, I wouldn't even be bothered convincing you not to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bonnie | 2/12/2014

    " Meh. Very detailed with a wrap it ending that was a bit too hurried. "

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